The formulaic plot of Shattered Souls (2011) continues in this companion novel.
Although this book can stand on its own, quick recaps refresh returning readers and educate new ones on the roles and reoccurring lives of Speakers, who help Hindered and Malevolent spirits (Hindereds that have turned evil) to move on, and the Protectors who assist them. While Lenzi and Alden make return appearances, this story focuses on Alden’s former mentee, Paul Blackwell, and his first “cycle” as a Protector. Once again, romance turns troubling when rule-oriented Paul is paired with Vivienne, a rebellious, pink-haired Speaker. Given that they work together in such proximity lifetime after lifetime, it’s only natural that Protectors and Speakers form a special bond. But how will Paul and Vivienne even develop a viable working relationship when both teens have secrets that could leave them vulnerable? As in the first novel, the only action occurs in the few encounters with lingering Hindereds. The climax builds with the return of the vengeful Malevolent, Smith, a court martialed Civil War soldier, but the resolution takes so long to settle that some readers may lose interest. Even Paul and Vivienne’s romance is more of a flicker than a flame.
For die-hard paranormal fans only. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)